South Tampa, New Tampa, Brandon
Guitar, Beginning Piano
Matt is a native of Tampa, Fl and graduated from Plant High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music from Florida State University, and is currently a freelance musician in the Tampa Bay area.
Started Music Career:
Matt began playing guitar at the age of 13 after playing trumpet in his middle school band. Initially starting as a heavy metal guitarist and playing in several metal bands throughout high school, Matt switched focus to classical guitar. In addition to classical guitar, Matt also began playing the Brazilian 7-string guitar in 2017.
Matt graduated from Plant High School and went on to study music, focusing on classical guitar. He earned his Associate’s degree from Hillsborough Community College, then his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music from Florida State University. Matt has studied classical guitar with many working professionals such as John Demas, Steve Lerman, Christopher Mrofchak, Robert Brown and Bruce Holzman. He also studied music composition with composers from various genres, including Ladislav Kubik, Steven Montague, Stephanie Pieczynski, Clifton Callender, and Mark Wingate.
Areas of Focus:
Classical Guitar, Brazilian Choro, Music Composition, Music Theory
Favorite Aspect of Teaching:
Matt’s main goal as a teacher is to inspire students to continue pursuing their musical goals, whether that be as a hobbyist, or a professional. He enjoys the research of new pedagogical material to help his students succeed and understand new concepts, while also playing with good technique from the beginning.
As a classical guitarist Matt has performed numerous recitals, masterclasses, and in competitions. In addition to his work as a classical guitarist, he also performed with his Brazilian choro group As Saudades. Matt has experienced performing in different world-music ensembles such as a steel pan ensemble, Irish music ensemble, Andean music ensemble, and the F.S.U. Balinese gamelan, which he played in under the direction of Michael Bakan.